This is an absurd argument. I agree with the fellow who said that the clout that Tarantino enjoys at Miramax is far better than any kind of job anywhere else. The man can call Harvey Scissorhands in the middle of the night just to read to him the first eighteen pages of the new script he’s working on, “Kill Bill”… Tarantino is their “Mickey Mouse”, Weinstein has famously said.
And you think that going to Focus is trading up? Most of these people used to work for Miramax. Wait until this company is established for more than five years in order to call it an unqualified success. Doesn’t Focus have to answer to a bigger studio / conglomeration also? Releasing violent and controversial films is hard no matter what studio you work for, but probably easier at a studio with execs who are willing to go to bat for you.
Aside from that; Tarantino is not only an Academy Award winner, but he is also a money-maker and shameless promoter. If he stepped away from his cushy set-up at Miramax, he is one of the few that could virtually write his own ticket in Hollywood.
You may dislike some of Miramax’s business practices, the release of a sub-par dvd; but, let’s be realistic. Miramax has been in this business a long time and continues to release relevant and profitable films while people like Artisan, October, and their ilk, pop up and fizzle out. They have had oscar-nominated films every year for fifteen years!
I don’t mean to go off, this just seems like a silly argument. One that you would have in the seventh grade in which you imagine your favorite sports figures playing for different teams.
If you want to speculate something else all together, ponder this;
Miramax’s contract with the Disney Corp. ends in 2006. At that point the brothers can renegotiate or walk away, leaving Disney with the library of films and the name of the company. It is common knowledge the rocky relationship that Weinstein and Eisner have, and with the recent departure of Pixar…you could only imagine that the Weinsteins’ asking price will be “too high”…